26 January 2022

Clinical Director, Cardiology Unit (Ref. DirClinCardio/22)

UPMC Italy is issuing a call for applications for the following position: Clinical Director, Cardiology Unit (Ref. DirClinCardio/22)

UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) is a world-renowned academic, health and research enterprise headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. A $23 billion company with over 92,000 employees across the globe, UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care.

With facilities in Sicily, Lazio, Tuscany, and Campania, UPMC Italy (the Italian division of UPMC, is a leader in patient care, biomedical research, telemedicine, IT development and consulting services in the areas of medicine and research.

UPMC Italy offers professional opportunities in an international and multicultural setting at IRCCS ISMETT – Istituto Mediterraneo per i Trapianti e Terapie ad Alta Specializzazione, one of the most technologically advanced and state-of-the-art medical centers in Italy, managed by UPMC in partnership with ARNAS Civico Hospital of Palermo and the Ri.MED Foundation.

IRCCS ISMETT is a multi-organ transplant center and high-specialty acute care hospital. The Cardiology Unit is part of the UPMC International Heart and Vascular Service Line and is involved in an advanced program for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, which includes: advanced refractory heart failure care with heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support devices such as ECMO and VAD; a complete interventional cardiac surgery and cardiology program for the treatment of cardiac and vascular diseases using the most modern mini-invasive and trans-catheter techniques; an advanced, non-invasive cardiovascular imaging program (at rest and stress echocardiography, transesophageal and 3D echo, myocardial scintigraphy, CT scan, MRI, etc.). A cath lab and a hybrid room support a remarkable diagnostic (coronarography, right catheterization, myocardial biopsies, etc.) and interventional (coronary angioplasty, advanced structural interventional procedures such as TAVI, Mitraclip, etc.) activity. IRCCS ISMETT is part of Italy’s national cardiology network and is fully integrated with the Ri.MED Foundation, conducting collaborative research on computational modeling and biomechanical valve research projects. The Ri.MED Foundation is currently building the Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center (BRBC) that, when fully operational, will host over 600 researchers.

At IRCCS ISMETT, more than 1,000 patients every year are treated with conventional and interventional cardiac surgery procedures. Over 8,000 outpatient echocardiograms and over 2,400 outpatient consults are also performed every year.
IRCCS ISMETT has the most advanced diagnostic technologies for non-invasive cardiac imaging (3T MRI, dual source and dual energy CT scan, etc.) and advanced research laboratories (GMP facility, biobank, experimental laboratories). Cardiac services are anticipated to grow with the current design and anticipated opening of ISMETT 2 in 2025, which will double the hospital size.

The selected candidate will promote, develop, and direct clinical services, provide leadership to the cardiology unit, assist with training of junior doctors, create national and international research
networks, interact with UPMC and University of Pittsburgh colleagues, and collaborate with researchers of the Ri.MED Foundation.


  • Degree in Medicine and Surgery recognized in Italy, or equivalent title.
  • Postgraduate diploma in Cardiology recognized in Italy, or equivalent title.
  • Enrollment in the professional board.
  • At least 5 years of experience in the clinical management of cardiac diseases and heart failure, in Italy or abroad.
  • Scientific production in the field of cardiology rated with the H-index (to be specified in the CV).
  • Past experience in the management of staff of simple or complex operating units.
  • Compliance with mandatory vaccination for the prevention of SARS-CoV-2 infection referred to in art. 4 and 4-ter of Decree-law 44/2021 (without prejudice to unenforceability of the vaccination obligation resulting from a confirmed risk for personal health due to specific, documented clinical conditions reported by the general practitioner, in compliance with the memorandum issued by the Italian Ministry of Health on exemptions from the vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 obligation, as provided for by art. 4, para. 2, Decree-law 44/2021).

Excellent knowledge of English, educational/professional experience abroad, leadership and problem-solving ability, and good interpersonal, communication and team working skills are also instrumental to the role.

The contract offered will be commensurate with the experience and skills of the selected candidate.

The workplace is Palermo.

UPMC Italy reserves the right of discretion to the fullest extent permitted by law in assessing applicants and the eligibility of their applications.

Only applicants not excluded under the provisions articulated Legislative decree 165/2001, art. 53, para. 16-ter, and subsequent modifications and amendments (General Rules Governing the Work of Public Administrations), can participate in this selection.

After reading the privacy statement and, if necessary, authorizing the processing of their personal data (EU Regulation 2016/679), applicants of both sexes (Law 903/77) are requested to fill out the on-line application form available at
When filling out the on-line form, applicants will be requested to attach their CV. Applicants are also requested to attach a motivation letter and a list of their scientific publications.
At the end of the on-line process, applicants will be requested to issue a self-statement regarding their possession of the requisites listed in this call for applications.

All communications from UPMC Italy will be e-mailed to the address stated by the candidate upon submitting his/her application.

The deadline to submit the applications is February 25, 2022.

Only applications submitted on-line ( with an attached CV will be taken into consideration.

Under penalty of exclusion, at the request of UPMC Italy at any time during the selection process and within the mandatory deadline, applicants must provide evidence of the requisites stated in their self-statement. Should any preliminary verification show a discrepancy with any statement
submitted by an applicant, the latter will be excluded from the selection process, and any negotiation permanently suspended.

Personal data included in the CV will be processed by UPMC Italy and IRCCS ISMETT in their capacity of joint controllers for selections for this or other similar positions. Applicants are requested to not include sensitive data (e.g., on health status), unless strictly necessary. Detailed information, also with reference to data storage times and rights recognized under EU Regulation 2016/679, are available at on the “Career at ISMETT” page and at on the “Work With Us” page.